QuiltCon Volunteer Spotlight

Our volunteers are the heart and soul of QuiltCon. They are dedicated, hard-working, and they do every task with a smile— but most importantly, they are passionate about the modern quilting community and they are so FUN! We couldn’t feature everyone, but here are three of the awesome people behind the blue shirts who helped us make QuiltCon 2015 a success.

Volunteers (1 of 2)Jenn Nevitt, Fort Worth MQG

“I’m the president of our guild and this was my first QuiltCon — but I wanted to be more involved in the MQG. I don’t sit still very well, so I knew I wanted to come and help do something.

I’ve really enjoyed meeting everyone in person who I’ve known from their Instagrams and blogs. It’s easy here not to be shy about it — I said hi to Denyse Schmidt and that was a big deal! And also I just love getting to help people.

Our guild is so small, so it’s nice to come down and meet people and get inspiration and to recharge your batteries. Events like this remind me that I’m doing what I love and that there are other people as crazy and passionate about quilting as I am.”

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James’ wife made his sweet apron!

James Brooks, Vancouver, BC, Canada

“My wife was here at the show, but it was my idea to volunteer — we booked a nine-day trip and came down for a vacation. It worked out great, because she doesn’t feel guilty about taking classes and lectures, and I get to help people. It’s something we can do together and it strengthens our marriage.”

It’s a very rewarding experience to volunteer, because you’re making something run smoothly so people can enjoy the show and do things like meet their Instagram friends in person for the first time.

We’ll be here in Pasadena doing the same thing (we’ve booked two weeks next year). And I want to challenge husbands to come out and volunteer next time — half the volunteers should be men!”

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Gabrielle Robles, South Bay Area MQG

“This was my first QuiltCon, but I wanted to volunteer because it makes everything more interesting being behind the scenes and seeing what goes into the event. And I was able to volunteer in different areas — I was a volunteer assistant in a workshop and was part of take-down. I also took four classes, so I stayed busy.

The best part of volunteering was meeting a bunch of cool people. There were 20 people in the workshop I helped with, and I ended up having lunch with one of them. Everyone, including the instructor, was really nice.

I want to volunteer in Pasadena, too. But next time I want to help set up the show and get a sneak peek at the designs. Since it’s in my own backyard, we’re already getting things set up at my guild.”

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Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers — we appreciate your help more than you can ever know. See you in Pasadena!

QuiltCon Recap: Charity Quilt Edition

Thank you to all the Modern Quilt Guilds who entered the 2015 QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge. All of the guilds worked collaboratively to create quilts using a predetermined color palette and alternate grid work design. The quilts were sewn in their entirety by each guild (from design and piecing through quilting and binding) to produce complete twin-sized quilts. The quilts are currently displayed in our QuiltCon lecture halls (hence all the chairs), but after the event, they will be donated to a children’s shelter in the guild’s local community. Here are this year’s charity quilts!











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QuiltCon Recap: Day 2

QuiltCon is still magical, and day two was even better than day one (we get better with age, people)! Check out the day in photos — and hey! Happy Friday. TGIF, right?

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The calmest part of the day is at 8 a.m. — before the lectures and before the doors open. This is the view from mission control.

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Bill Volckening does a pre-show tour of quilts at 9 a.m.

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During his tour, Bill Volckening said many women didn’t sign their quilts on the front until the 1970s,  when the women’s liberation movement started the quilting revival. This showed quilts were now being considered works of art.

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This is a crazy quilt from Bill Volckening’s 1970s quilt collection — he fondly refers to it as the “Roswell Quilt.”

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“Geometric Rainbow” by Nicole Daksiewicz. This quilt uses EVERY color from the Kona solids collection — all 303 of them.

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“Fernweh” by Madeleine Roberg — the quilt’s title is a German word meaning a longing for another place and time.

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“That Twitch” by Caro Sheridan — a lesson in breaking the rules, just a little bit.

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Victoria Findlay Wolfe gives a lecture on piecing and sewing seams.

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Leslie Unfinished designed our rad T-shirts. Hey Leslie!

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Attendees are sharing their inspiration online and in real life — why do your quilty friends rock?

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“Crossing the Line” by Corinne Sovey — this quilt was made using 60-degree angles and partial and y-seams.

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“Diamond Chains” by Charlotte Noll — designed and created for the 2014 MQG Michael Miller challenge.

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“Fallout” by Michelle Lieberson (left) and “Linen Log Cabin” by Barbara Perrino — entries in the Use of Negative Space category.

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“Eclipse,” Bellevue, Kentucky — Part of the Pieced With Love series. The blocks were made to represent balls bouncing on the quilt.

Join us this weekend if you can! We’ll keep sharing photos and bringing you updates.

QuiltCon Recap: Day 1

Day one of QuiltCon opened with a bang — crowds assembled long before 10 a.m., and attendees clamored to be the first to glimpse the award-winning quilts and attend their demos, lectures, workshops and more. Here’s a glimpse of the beautiful show floor on QuiltCon Day 1.


Our Best in Show winner, Kathy York with her masterful “i Quilt.”

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Demos were popular on the show floor today — this crowd gathered to see Beth Rowan of Rock Paper Scissors talk about “Sew Many Substrates.”

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The Cotton + Steel booth was buzzing with attendees making headbands, pincushions and buttons.

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“Face #1” by Melissa Averinos — Quilter’s Choice, Janine Vangool

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The tattoo booth is already filling up with people getting their QuiltCon tats!

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“Emergent” by Kari Vojtechovsky — 3rd Place, Piecing

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“Stock on Hand” by Katherine Jones— 2nd Place, Bias Strip Quilting Challenge

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“CPU” by Katherine Jones — 1st Place, Bias Strip Quilting Challenge

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“Modern Mojo 2” by Linda Thielfoldt

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“Modern Mojo 2” by Linda Thielfoldt (closeup)

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“Knit Stitch” by Dorie Schwarz — 3rd Place, Bias Strip Quilting Challenge

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“Botanics” by Carolyn Friedlander

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“Iceberg” by Crystal McGann

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“Barn – Remnant” by Kim Eichler-Messmer

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“Rainbow Remix” by Rebecca Bryan

Keep an eye on the blog for more updates, and see a list all of our winners on the MQG blog!

Congratulations to our 2015 QuiltCon Winners!

Congratulations to all, and thank you to everyone who submitted a quilt. Without further ado, here are our quilt show winners!


Sponsored by Cherrywood Fabrics


1st Place
Anniversary Quilt by Katrina Hertzer
Calgary, AB, Canada
Calgary MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Katrina Hertzer


2nd Place
The Dishes Can Wait by Rachel Kerley
Hillsboro, Oregon
Portland Oregon MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Rachel Kerley


3rd Place
Typewriter No. 5 by Jessica Toye
Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Jessica Toye

Michael Miller Fabric Challenge

Sponsored by Michael Miller Fabrics


1st Place
7 Up by Debra Jalbert
Clermont, Florida
Orlando MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Debra Jalbert


2nd Place
After Dinner Mints by Paige Alexander
Easley, South Carolina
Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Paige Alexander


3rd Place
Passages by Patty Simmons
Lee’s Summit, Missouri
Kansas City MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Patty Simmons

Group or Bee Quilts

Sponsored by Pink Chalk Fabrics


1st Place
Playing with Little Bits by Participants of Mid-Atlantic MOD 2014
Columbia, Maryland
Baltimore MQG
Pieced by: Rose Daley, Anna Levengood, Jill Stafford, Jessica Skultety, Jessica Levitt, Robin Tillsworth, Rachel Singh, and Elizabeth Timmons
Quilted by: Rose Daley


2nd Place
Churn Dash 2: Complementary by Members of The Seattle MQG
Woodinville, Washington
Seattle MQG
Pieced by: Martha Peterson, Deborah Ferguson and Chandra Wu
Quilted by: Martha Peterson


3rd Place
Central Jersey MQG Banner by Members of The Central Jersey MQG
Phillipsburg, New Jersey
Central Jersey MQG
Pieced by: Neva Asinari, Janet Bergman, Amy Blanchard, Helen Branch, Robin Buscemi, Christina Di Marco, Susan Flick, Andy Foster, Elaine Hagaman, Tatiana Kennedy, Jessica Levitt, Sandy Mahaney, Teddi Munslow, Lori Saporito, Linda Schulz, Rachel Singh, Jessica Skultety
Quilted by: Jessica Levitt


Sponsored by Sulky


1st Place
Fuzhou Fujian by Patricia Lutteral
Martinez, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Patricia Lutteral


2nd Place
North Alabama Hillsides by Cathy Fussell
Columbus, Georgia
Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Cathy Fussell


3rd Place
Fill the Void by Cinzia Allocca
Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada
Pieced & Quilted by: Cinzia Allocca


Sponsored by FreeSpirit Fabric


1st Place
The Rabbit Hole by Nydia Kehnle
Monroe, New York
Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Nydia Kehnle


2nd Place
Aleph Bet by Serena Brooks
Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Serena Brooks


3rd Place
This Way by Tricia Royal
Chicago, Illinois
Chicago MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Tricia Royal

Minimalist Design

Sponsored by American Made Brand


1st Place
Breathe by Leanne Chahley
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Edmonton MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Leanne Chahley


2nd Place
Ascend by Nicole Neblett
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Triangle MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Nicole Neblett


3rd Place
Pixel Pusher II by Caro Sheridan
Everett, Massachusetts
Boston MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Caro Sheridan

Modern Traditionalism

Sponsored by Stash Books


1st Place
Long Island Modern Sampler by Kim Soper
Centerport, New York
Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Kim Soper


2nd Place
Deconstructed LoneStar by Amy Struckmeyer
Oak Park, Illinois
Chicago MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Amy Struckmeyer


3rd Place
Refresh by Anna Boenish
Seattle, Washington
Seattle MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Anna Boenish


Sponsored by Aurifil


1st Place
Flight Path by Mary Menzer
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Virginia Beach MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Mary Menzer


2nd Place
Balancing Act by Amanda Hohnstreiter
Thorndale, Texas
Austin MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Amanda Hohnstreiter


3rd Place
Emergent by Kari Vojtechovsky
Centennial, Colorado
Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Kari Vojtechovsky

Bias Tape Quilting Challenge

Sponsored by Panasonic


1st Place
CPU by Katherine Jones
Chigwell, Tasmania, Australia
Tasmania, Australia MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Katherine Jones


2nd Place
Stock on Hand by Katherine Jones
Chigwell, Tasmania, Australia
Tasmania, Australia MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Katherine Jones


3rd Place
Knit Stitch by Dorie Schwarz
Mason, Michigan
Ann Arbor MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Dorie Schwarz

Small Quilts

Sponsored by Pinwheels


1st Place
What’s the frequency, love? by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill
Woodbridge, Connecticut
Southern Connecticut MQG
Pieced & Quitled by: Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill


2nd Place
In Wedowee by Chawne Kimber
Easton, Pennsylvania
Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Chawne Kimber


3rd Place
Curious by Amy Friend
West Newbury, Massachusetts
Seacoast MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Amy Friend

Use of Negative Space

Sponsored by APQS


1st Place
Blackbird Fly by Krista Hennebury
North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Vancouver MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Krista Hennebury


2nd Place
Color Play by Kari Vojtechovsky
Centennial, Colorado
Individual MQG Member
Pieced by: Kari Vojtechovsky
Quilted by: Susan Santistevan


3rd Place

Read Between the Lines by Stephanie Ruyle
Denver, Colorado
Front Range MQG, Denver Metro MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Stephanie Ruyle


Sponsored by Coats & Clark


1st Place
Rainbow Magic by Mollie McMahon
Sutton, NSW, Australia
Canberra MQG
Pieced by: Mollie McMahon
Quilted by: Mollie McMahon
& Jules McMahon


2nd Place
The Overgrown City by Cadence Jenkins
Ovilla, Texas
Dallas MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Cadence Jenkins


3rd Place
Rothko’s Dream by Evie Guigley
Hernando, Mississippi
Pieced by: Evie Guigley & her mother
Quilted by: Evie Guigley & Teresa Pino

Judge’s Choice: Carolyn Friedlander


Rainbow Magic by Mollie McMahon
Sutton, NSW, Australia
Canberra MQG
Pieced by: Mollie McMahon
Quilted by: Mollie McMahon & Jules McMahon

Judge’s Choice: Stevii Graves


For Tanya by Emily & Miriam Coffey
Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
MQG of Asheville
Pieced & Quilted by: Miriam Coffey

Judge’s Choice: Janine Vangool


Face #1 by Melissa Averinos
West Barnstable, Massachusetts
Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Melissa Averinos
Quilted by: Melissa Averinos & Suzanne Whiteside

Best Machine Quilting

Sponsored by Interweave


Diving Geese by Katie Pedersen
Seattle, Washington
Seattle MQG
Pieced by: Katie Pedersen
Quilted by: Krista Withers

Coats Award of Quilting Excellence

Sponsored by Coats & Clark


Coral Reef by Marla Varner
Sequim, Washington
Bainbridge Island MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Marla Varner

Best in Show

Sponsored by Gammill


i Quilt by Kathy York
Austin, Texas
Austin MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Kathy York

People’s Choice

Sponsored by Windham Fabrics


Quilt for our Bed by Laura Hartrich
Oak Park, IL
Chicago MQG
Pieced by: Laura Hartrich
Quilted by: Nikki Maroon

A special offer from our QuiltCon sponsor: C&T Publishing

Going to QuiltCon?! While you’re there, make sure you visit us and the 11 C&T authors who will be lecturing and teaching workshops!

Wondering who our special guests will be? Look no further…

Alexia Abegg


Alexia is an award-winning designer, artist, and writer. After trying her hand at photography, production, acting, costuming, hair and makeup for film and television, fashion design, and custom sewing, she found her home in creating fine art quilts and sewing patterns while living in Brooklyn, New York. Check out her book Liberty Love, which features a lovely array of quilts, family apparel, and accessories for your home and wardrobe.

Cheryl Arkison


In the midst of full-time motherhood, Cheryl finds time to write books, teach quilting, and maintain a small freelance writing career. You can see all of Cheryl’s books and products here!

Alissa Haight Carlton

Haight Carlton

Alissa Haight is one of the founders of the Modern Quilt Guild. Her work has been published in Stitch magazine, Quilter’s Home, and Quilting Arts’ Quilt Scene. When not quilting, she casts reality shows, including seasons seven, eight, and nine of Project Runway. Check out Alissa’s books here!

Elizabeth Hartman



Patchwork City
The Practical Guide to Patchwork
Modern Patchwork

Elizabeth Hartman is a self-taught quiltmaker and designer of modern sewing and quilting patterns. Elizabeth grew up in a family whose members were always making things, and she got hooked on quilting the first time she tried it. She loves the play of color and pattern, the orderliness of the process, and — perhaps best of all — the fantastic and functional pieces that are the reward at the end! View Elizabeth’s best selling titles here!

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Kerr  Ringle

Weeks and Bill Kerr are co-founders of Modern Quilt Studio and have been making modern quilts since 1999. They are the authors of The Modern Quilt Workshop, the first book ever published on modern quilting, as well as Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop, Quilts Made Modern, and Transparency Quilts. You can read more about them & find their books here.

Angela Walters


Angela Walters is a machine quilter and author who loves to teach others to use quilting to bring out the best in their quilt tops. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and books. Take your quilts to the next level with Angela’s books…view them here!

Kim Eichler-Messmer

Eichler Messmer

Kim’s quilts have also been featured in West Elm, Apartment Therapy, and Design Sponge. Kim currently lives in Kansas City, where she does math daily, grows tomatoes, hugs cats, and is an assistant professor in the Fiber Department of the Kansas City Art Institute. Create a one-of-a-kind quilt with hand-dyed fabrics using Kim’s book, Modern Color!

Victoria Findlay Wolfe

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Victoria Findlay Wolfe, painter, photographer, and quilter, was raised on a farm in rural Minnesota. She learned to sew and quilt when she was four years old! Victoria is currently the president of the New York Metro Mod Quilt Guild and a member of New York City Empire Quilters and Minnesota Quilt Guild. She is also on the board of directors for the Alliance of American Quilts. Check out Victoria’s line of products and books here.

Casey York



Modern Appliqué Illusions

She is an avid quilter and designer, drawing her inspiration from masterpieces of the past as well as the contemporary world. Two of her quilts were included in the inaugural QuiltCon quilt show in 2013. Casey has released several stand-alone patterns, and her work has been featured in Modern Quilts Unlimited and Stitch magazines. She also teaches workshops in embroidery-finished applique and improvisational applique. Delight your eyes with bold minimalist quilts that give the illusion of depth and distance in Casey’s book, Modern Applique Illusions!

Mary Fons



Make and Love Quilts

In 2010, Mary created Quilty (New Track Media), a weekly online program she hosts for beginner quilters. She now serves as editor and creative director of Quilty magazine, available bimonthly on fine newsstands nationwide and via digital subscription. Since 2011, Mary has served as co-host of Love of Quiltingon PBS/Create Network alongside her mother, quilter and educator Marianne Fons. Mary’s popular Make and Love Quilts will warm your heart, soul, and bedroom!

Not able to make it to QuiltCon? No problem! We’ve got a special offer just for YOU! Right now, get 25% off any of the above authors’ books and products at ctpub.com by using promo code QUILTCON25 upon checkout.

Happy shopping!

Meet our new team members!

Big news! We’re so excited to announce that we’ve added two new members to our staff! Molly Isenbarger joins us as our Membership Services Manager and Riane Menardi is our new Communications Manager. They are both experts in their fields, and we are so excited to have them on board—they’ve really hit the ground running to pick up where Jen left off. And good news! They’ll be joining us at QuiltCon in Austin next week, so be sure to say hello.

Molly Isenbarger, Membership Services Manager

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If you haven’t already heard from me, I’m Molly. I am the new Membership Services Manager at the MQG. I recently moved to Noblesville, Indiana from Boston, but grew up all over (including Wyoming, Kazakstan, and Northern California). After I graduated college, I worked as the managing director at a nonprofit and an accounting firm to help other nonprofits develop and grow their financial practices. I love to be the connection between people and systems to help us work and play better!

I joined the MQG team because I am so excited by its explosive growth, smart and creative member base, and all the opportunities for where we can go next as a community. My role at the MQG is to make your experience the best it can be. I work behind the scenes to keep our membership database working smoothly, provide access to resources and the member community on our website, and help new and growing guilds get the support they need. Most importantly, I came on board to listen to what you’re hoping to see at the MQG in the future, what isn’t working yet, and what we can do to help! I hope to get to know many of you soon as we continue to grow. Starting at QuiltCon — be sure to introduce yourself! You can also always find me on Instagram at lane33andahalf.

Thanks, Molly

Riane Menardi, Communications Manager 

Hey Modern Quilt Guild!Menardi

I am so, so excited to join the MQG as the Communications Manager — I’m Riane (pronounced Ree-ann), and you’ll be hearing from me from time to time with MQG updates via emails, blogs and social media. I’ll also be in charge of the webinar series, so I’m looking forward to seeing you all there.

My background is in journalism, but I’ve done just about everything under the sun in communications. I worked for ReadyMade magazine before it was put to rest (R.I.P.), and then went on to help indie handmade companies do promotions, events and social media. I also worked as a community builder for a startup handmade marketplace (not Etsy, but close). And for the past year, I’ve been with an agency, helping clients run marketing campaigns and communications. I also contribute words, designs and project management to Fresh Quilts from time to time.

I’m based in the sweet, sweet heartland of Des Moines, Iowa, and when I’m not sewing or writing, you can find me sipping craft beer, doing yoga or cycling (but only in weather over 50 degrees).

I can’t wait to learn more about this awesome community and share all the great things that are in store for the MQG! You can find me online and on Instagram as vesselquilts, or you can just say hi in person! I’ll be at QuiltCon, frantically snapping pictures and posting updates. Please stop me and say hello.


QuiltCon Call for Instructors & Lecturers

We are looking for experienced instructors who can teach techniques of interest to modern quilters. In general, we like a balance of technique based and project based workshops.

Our workshop instructors offer unique workshops and are the leaders in their field for a specific technique – or they teach techniques that are new to many modern quilters.

For more details on the application process, please complete our application form.

Please read the application packet and application completely before emailing questions.

Deadline is March 9, 2015.


HUGE News about QuiltCon!

You better sit down for this one, it’s a doozy –

QuiltCon is moving to EVERY YEAR! 

And there’s more! QuiltCon won’t just be annual, it’s going on the move! On the even years, like 2016, QuiltCon will take place in the West. On the odd years, like 2017, QuiltCon will take place in the East.

Mark your calendars!

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QuiltCon West 2016

February 18-21, 2016
Pasadena Convention Center
Pasadena, CA

Keynote: Gwen Marston
Lecture, Workshops and Special Exhibit



Visit the QuiltCon West website for a list of instructors and speakers, and we are adding more all the time!

From dining and shopping to theater and museums, Pasadena offers travelers a surprising combination of sophisticated charm, culture, history and fun. Pasadena is home to over 500 restaurants, 3 dynamic shopping & entertainment districts, 14 world-class museums & gardens, spectacular nightlife, all less than 10 miles from Los Angeles, California. Pasadena is also home to beautiful weather in February – the average temperature in February is approximately 67 degrees.

Ready to book your hotel room? You’ll find all of our lodging information on the QuiltCon West website right here. Registration will open summer 2015.

QuiltCon East 2017

February 23-26, 2017
Savannah International Trade & Convention Center
Savannah, GA

Keynote: Angela Walters
Lecture, Workshops and Special Exhibit



The oldest city in the state of Georgia, Savannah is chock full of historic charm. Downtown Savannah is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States, home to 22 park-like squares as well as the Savannah Historic District, and Savannah Victorian Historic District. Downtown River Street is home to antique shops, distinctive boutiques, spectacular galleries, quaint brew pubs, fabulous restaurants, as well as unique night spots. Savannah will have beautiful weather for QuiltCon as well – the average temperature in February is approximately 65 degrees.

Ready to make your plans for QuiltCon East 2017? You can book your hotel reservation right here! Registration will open summer 2016.

Interested in teaching or speaking at QuiltCon? Check out our announcement on our call for instructors here.

Keep in mind that all MQG members will receive discounts. Become a member today!

MQG Members in the News!

One of the great benefits of becoming a member of the MQG is our free Quilt of the Month patterns. Each month MQG members are sent via email a modern quilt pattern designed by one of our talented members!

In February, Paige Alexander (an Individual member from South Carolina) fell in love with Debbie Grifka’s (a member of the Ann Arbor MQG) Zephyr pattern. Below is a great interview with AQS about her quilt Variegated, which received honorable mention the Modern category. Her quilting was inspired by a post written by Christina Cameli, a member of the Portland MQG.

Congrats Paige! We are so excited to for your win.

Are you or your guild interested in becoming a part of the MQG?

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